Leading With Discounts and Offending Your Customers

first_imgA game salesperson from a game sales organization would have replied to my offer to take the discount like this: “I’m sorry, sir. I didn’t know you were a customer. If you signed up last year, you got a way better deal than the one I am offering your neighbors. But you really have to see this new offering we have for you! You’re going to love it! Check this out!” The poor salesperson that rang my doorbell had a wonderful deal for me. He said, “I have my trucks in the area over the next few days, and if you sign up for service, I can do it for half price.” I told him that I would accept his deal for half off the regular price, but then added: “By the way, I am already signed up with you. Thanks!”Poor kid had no game, so I let him off the hook. I said, “No worries, kid. I’m busting your chops.” He was relieved and walked away as quickly as he could.Last week I received an email from another salesperson. He promised he could save 40% over whatever I am paying for Internet bandwidth and voice over IP services. I didn’t reply, but I should have. I’m already their customer, too. I’d happily take the 40% savings his email promised.Transactional sales organizations are funny.Why would you send your salespeople out into the world to sell without giving them a list of your existing clients?Why would you offer a new customer a deal that you wouldn’t offer your existing clients? Why would you treat strangers better than you treat the people who are already writing you a check? What do you want your existing customers to believe about your relationship?And why on Earth would you lead with a discount?The answer to these questions are many:Because you don’t intend to create value.Because you don’t know how to create value.Because you are transactional.Because you won’t train your salespeople.Because you don’t care about anything but the sale.last_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh, India’s hydroelectric powerhouse, stares at water scarcity

first_imgArunachal Pradesh is staring at scarcity of water, the very resource that is expected to make the frontier State India’s hydroelectric powerhouse.On Saturday, the State’s Minister for Environment and Forests Nabam Rebia said more than 200 rivers and streams across Arunachal Pradesh have dried up. This, he felt, would soon make the State face shortage.The scenario, he indicated, could be as grim as Shimla, the capital of another “presumably water-abundant” Himalayan State that underwent a severe water crisis recently.Mr. Rebia attributed the drying up of water bodies to rampant destruction of forests besides thinning glaciers in the Eastern Himalayas due to climate change.“The State’s forest cover has decreased from 82% to 79% and catchment areas of many rivers are under threat because of jhum (slash-and-burn) cultivation and landslides,” he said at an official function in the Papum Pare district. Large-scale hunting of animals, too, has been a factor in the depletion of the State’s natural resources, Mr. Rebia said. He added that the State government would ban hunting of wildlife. Many communities hunt birds and animals for food and adornment of traditional headgear. Wild animals such as Asiatic black bear, leaf deer and Mishmi takin are considered delicacies.M. Surya Prakash, the State’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, said public cooperation was imperative for conservation of forests and wildlife in a State where much of the land is community-owned. All, however, is not lost, officials said. They cited the examples of Hyer Habia Catchment Area Welfare Committee in the Midpu area of Papum Pare district, and the Bugun community of the Singchung village in West Kameng district, whose members take turns to protect a 17 sq. km. biodiversity hotspot. The water scare in Arunachal Pradesh has undermined the State’s much-vaunted hydropower potential, which the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy said is 25,962 MW. But only about 405 MW had been commissioned till 2017.last_img read more

Tribal group to protest for Santali teachers

first_imgProtesting against the absence of permanent teachers to teach in Santali in schools, a tribal organisation has decided to hit the streets in the city. Santali as medium of instruction in the State-run schools of West Bengal was announced a few years ago. The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has been conducting Class X board examination in Santhali using Ol Chiki scripts across several schools in the State.Representatives of Adibasi Socio-Educational & Cultural Association (ASECA),West Bengal, on Wednesday announced that on September 24 thousands of tribals will descend on the streets demanding permanent Santali teachers in schools where the language is taught as a medium of instruction.Madhyamik exam “There are more than 20 schools in the State from where hundreds of students appear in Madhyamik examination in Santali. But there is not a single permanent teacher who can teach in Santali in these schools,” pointed out Madan Mohan Baskey, president of ASECA, West Bengal unit.Contractual staffMr. Baskey said that the para teachers or contractual teachers are engaged in teaching students in Santali in these schools. “Over the years there has not been a single recruitment of permanent teacher who can teach in Santali,” he said.Kalyanmoy Gangopadhyay, president of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education said along with Bengali, English, Hindi, and Nepali, students write the Class X board examination also in Santhali in Ol Chiki script. “The schools are located in certain districts like Paschim Medinipur, Bankura, Murshidabad and Uttar Dinajpur,” he said.On whether there has been no recruitment of permanent Santali teachers, Mr. Ganguly said he was not aware. Sharmila Mitra, chairperson of State School Service Examination refused to comment on the issue.last_img read more

The Financial Checklist For a Returning NRI

first_imgMy non-resident Indian (NRI) friends want to return to India after working for 20 years in the Middle East. They are enamoured by the good life their friends and relatives seem to be living in India. They have children who will soon go to college and they feel moving to India will be the right thing to do. How will the move affect their finances? What should they look out for? Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Neymar becomes youngest to 100 Brazil caps in friendly draw

first_imgHe then teed up Richarlison whose shot from the edge of the box flashed wide.Ismaila Sarr and Mane both had chances to snatch the game for the Lions of Teranga.Although he failed to get on the scoresheet, it was still a big day for the 27-year-old, who became one of seven Brazilians to reach 100 caps.He has scored 61 goals for the Selecao, making him the third highest scorer in the history of his national team.Neymar is one behind Ronaldo but needs 16 to catch Pele who only played 92 matches. He has also provided 41 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Brazil’s Neymar, center, and Senegal’s Salif Sane in action during the Brazil Global Tour 2019 international friendly soccer match between Brazil and Senegal in Singapore, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Danial Hakim)Neymar became the youngest player to make 100 appearances for Brazil on Thursday but the Paris Saint-Germain forward had to settle for a 1-1 draw as he failed to score in a friendly with Senegal in Singapore.Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for the Copa America champions with a stunning lob after a Philippe Coutinho lay-off in the eighth minute.ADVERTISEMENT As the half progressed, the livelier Senegal became, driven on by their captain Cheikhou Kouyate.Famara Diedhiou leveled from the penalty spot just before half-time after Sadio Mane was dragged down in the area.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“The team offered less than what it can produce, we didn’t play and compete to the level we can. It was not a good game from us. We were below our normal competitive level,” Brazil coach Tite told reporters.Neymar, who was not in the side that won the Copa America in June, had a relatively quiet game but went close with a 67th minute free-kick. Seen but not heard: Lakers, Nets, NBA are silent in Shanghai Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentscenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics He won an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but has experienced many disappointments for his national team, particularly at the World Cup.In 2014, in Brazil, a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia prevented him from being on the field for the 7-1 semi-final thrashing from Germany.He scored twice during the tournament in Russia four years later, but Brazil was dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Belgium.Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said that overall he was pleased with Thursday’s outing.“The players failed to follow their instructions in the first 10 minutes but after that, they did everything I asked of them,” he said.“Unfortunately, we didn’t go on to win and I must congratulate my players on doing a great job despite it being just a friendly.He added: “We are happy to play matches like this against teams like Brazil. Not only will it help us prepare for matches against the very best but it will also help us develop ahead of what we hope will be future matches against very good European and African teams.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Nico Rosberg fastest on opening day of practice at Japanese Grand Prix

first_imgWorld championship leader Nico Rosberg ended the opening day of practice for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in a strong position after setting the pace in both sessions on Friday.The German set his fastest time of one minute, 32.250 seconds on an overcast afternoon in Suzuka in the second of Friday’s two sessions, after also having topped the timesheets at the end of the morning’s opening 90-minutes of running.Rosberg’s Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was second in both and while the Briton was 0.214 seconds off his title-rival’s pace in the morning he closed the gap to just 0.072 seconds in the second session.Rosberg extended his advantage over Hamilton to 23 points in the overall standings after the reigning champion was forced to retire 16 laps from the finish while holding a comfortable lead during the last race in Malaysia.Hamilton heads into Sunday’s Japanese round desperately needing to revive his title hopes by clinching a third successive win at the Suzuka circuit.Their Mercedes team could also wrap up their third successive constructors’ crown on Sunday.Kimi Raikkonen ended third-fastest for Ferrari, 0.323 seconds off Rosberg’s pace. The Finn had been fourth-quickest in the morning behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was fifth fastest in the second session.Vettel heads into the weekend carrying a three-place grid penalty for tipping Rosberg into a spin in Malaysia.Max Verstappen, sixth in the morning, split the two scarlet cars in fourth.His team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who inherited the win in Malaysia after Hamilton retired, fell to 12th in the second session from fifth earlier after he was forced to abandon his flying lap when the virtual safety car was deployed after Esteban Gutierrez ground to a halt by the side of the track.advertisementForce India, locked in a battle for fourth in the overall standings with Williams, continued to show a strong turn of speed.Mexican Sergio Perez went sixth fastest ahead of German Nico Hulkenberg with the duo having set the seventh and eighth-fastest times in the morning.Fernando Alonso, who survived an encounter with the barriers after losing control of his car at the fast Spoon corner early in the first session, ended the day eighth.last_img read more

Tata Tiago receives 50,000 bookings since launch

first_imgTata Motors has received around 50,000 bookings for their Tiago  hatchback in India, with a waiting period of almost 4 months for select variants. Tata Motors launched the Tiago hatchback on April 6 at Rs 3.20 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Honda Brio vs Tata Tiago vs Maruti Suzuki CelerioThe Tiago hatchback, built on Tata Motors all new IMPACT design, was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 as Tata Zica.In an interview to ET Auto, Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “The sales of Tiago have been increasing month after month, At present, we are doing around 5,000 units. Our impact design philosophy has been widely accepted by our customers. The main trigger behind the success of Tiago is the design. We are seeing a different set of customers for Tiago. Young executives and young families are buying Tiago.”ALSO READ:Tata Tiago price hiked by up to Rs 6,000Tata Tiago is available with a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine and a 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel engine options. Moreover, Tata Motors is also mulling over the launch of Tata Tiago Sport, with tuned up engine to give better performance.Tata Motors has a fire-pack launches lined up for the next few months with the Kite 5, Hexa and Nexon in India.ALSO READ: Tata Motors unveils petrol version of Tiago in Nepallast_img read more

Formula One: McLaren set engine deadline amid Renault speculation

first_imgMcLaren say the next five weeks will be he key to deciding which engine they will use next season, with speculation mounting that the former world champions could ditch Honda and switch to Renault.Chief operating officer Jonathan Neale told Reuters at the Hungarian Grand Prix that “everybody is talking to everybody”, but time was running out.”We’ve got to land those decisions in the next four or five weeks,” he said, speaking from a design perspective and because drivers like McLaren’s Fernando Alonso were waiting to see what engines teams had before committing to new deals.”I think there is a solution out there for everybody and I hope it’s one that will be able to retain Fernando in this team.”McLaren scored their first double-points finish of the season in Budapest on Sunday with double world champion Alonso finishing sixth, a day after his 36th birthday, and Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne 10th.The nine points lifted McLaren off the bottom of the standings just before the August break and factory shutdown, a result that Neale compared to scoring a goal before half time.Alonso’s future is a key concern, with the Spaniard out of contract and saying McLaren need to provide a competitive car to keep him.Honda’s power unit has been beset with problems since the partnership started in 2015, the engine neither reliable nor competitive.Hungary, the slowest permanent circuit on the calendar, reduced those shortcomings, but the next two races in Belgium and Italy are two of the fastest, where engine horsepower is of critical importance.advertisementMcLaren are Honda’s sole team in Formula One. A proposed partnership with Sauber terminated last week with the Swiss team choosing to stay with Ferrari.A split from McLaren could force the Japanese manufacturer out of the sport, but Neale hinted at an alternative.”You’ll have seen the media speculation that there’s discussions with Toro Rosso,” he said.Toro Rosso use Renault engines, but a switch to Honda — which could bring welcome funding to a team whose Red Bull parent has considered a sale in the past — would free the French units for McLaren.The Renault engine has won a race this season with Red Bull and could satisfy Alonso, who won both his titles with the French manufacturer.The other alternatives to Honda are Mercedes and Ferrari, but Neale recognised that putting a Ferrari engine in a McLaren, the Italian team’s historic arch-rivals, was highly unlikely.”I’m hoping that by the time we get through September, we’ll be able to come out and say something more publicly,” said Neale.last_img read more

‘Salah has been an absolute bargain’

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool’s £36m Salah deal hailed as an ‘absolute bargain’ Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 18:27 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Mohamed Salah Premier League The Egypt international forward has been a revelation at Anfield, with the former Chelsea man slipping seamlessly back into English football Liverpool’s £36 million plus capture of Mohamed Salah has been branded “an absolute bargain” by former Reds striker John Aldridge.Jurgen Klopp bolstered an already well-stocked attacking unit over the summer by bringing the former Chelsea forward back to England.Salah 25/1 to win Golden Boot Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Salah had struggled to make an impact during his time at Stamford Bridge, but rebuilt his reputation in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma.He arrived at Anfield as a proven creator and scorer of goals and has showcased those attributes to the full by finding the target 12 times in just 17 appearances, while providing three assists.After seeing Salah bag a brace in his most recent outing against West Ham, Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo: “What can you say about Mo Salah? He plays like he’s been at the club for years.“He’s full of confidence, he’s getting in there himself and he’s creating good chances for others as well. I think with his pace he’ll always get good chances.“Another two goals in the bag on Saturday and to score 12 in 17 games is a brilliant statistic – he’s been the player of the season without doubt for Liverpool.“He’s so dangerous and for what we paid for him he’s been an absolute bargain.”John Aldridge Mohamed Salah Liverpool absolute bargainAnother of those drafted in by Liverpool over the summer was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The England international has had to be patient after trading Arsenal for Anfield, but he too is starting to show signs of promise and justification of the £35m invested in his talent.Aldridge added on the versatile 24-year-old: “I thought Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian had his best game for us after starting on Saturday.“He’s needed a couple of games but it’s obvious he’s starting to settle in now.“Jurgen played him on the right of midfield but he’s a player who is starting to give the manager so many options now.“He can play wide right or wide left and of course we know he wants to play in centre midfield.“For now though it’s just important that he plays and then see what happens further down the line.”Those central midfield positions are incredibly competitive at Liverpool and we’ve got the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana coming back soon who can play in there as well.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lethal Lautaro is Argentina’s new hero at Copa America

first_imgHe is the new kid on the block, with everything to prove. Lautaro Martinez is relishing the opportunity to strut his stuff for Argentina at the Copa America, outshining even Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to help his nation down Venezuela 2-0 and march on to meet Brazil in the semi-finals.Lautaro, of course, was overlooked for the 2018 World Cup finals along with future Inter team-mate Mauro Icardi. The then-Racing Club striker was in imperious form for his club, but according to Jorge Sampaoli “lacked the extra gear” to make it for the Albiceleste.Either the ex-Argentina boss was altogether mistaken about the prospect, or a single season in Serie A has provoked a drastic change in his play, because against Qatar and now Venezuela the 21-year-old added pace and explosion to transform the nation’s Copa America prospects. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He needed just 10 minutes to unlock the Vinotinto defence, having already played in Sergio Aguero once with a fine pass only to see the Manchester City icon denied by Wuilker Farinez.This time Aguero repaid the favour, launching a speculative shot from the edge of the area. Lautaro reacted before anyone else with a sublime backheel that caught Farinez and the rest of Venezuela wrong-footed and gave Argentina an invaluable lead.Throughout the first half the youngster was almost unstoppable. Messi also benefited from a perfectly placed pass to flash a shot wide, while Martinez himself was inches away from finding himself on the end of a low cross from former Racing team-mate Marcos Acuna.And after the break only the woodwork stopped him from doubling Argentina’s tally, having charged onto a fine pass from Leandro Paredes.In general, he also did more than anyone on the Argentina team to keep Venezuela on the back-foot with his incessant pressing and hunger for the ball. He may on occasion get carried away, picking up a deserved booking for a heavy early tackle, but his energy is a breath of fresh air in an Albiceleste which has shown precious little initiative so far in Brazil.Argentina celebration VenezuelaElsewhere coach Lionel Scaloni breathed a sigh of relief as his selections, savagely and deservedly criticised in this tournament, began to bear fruit. Acuna added balance and defensive savvy to the midfield in place of Giovani Lo Celso, while Juan Foyth dispelled pre-match fears with a fine game on the right side of defence.On the hour and with Argentina in clear control, however, the trainer withdrew Martinez and Acuna in a double substitution that left the side rudderless and open to a Vinotinto bombardment. Only the quick reflexes of Franco Armani stopped Salomon Rondon from grabbing a potentially disastrous equaliser which could have spelled the end for the team’s Copa aspirations. Just when it looked like they were in for a torrid end to the game, Venezuela self-destructed. The usually flawless Wuilker Farinez somehow spilled a tame Aguero shot right into the path of Giovani Lo Celso, who was left with the simplest of finishes to make it 2-0. It could not have come at a better time for Argentina, who rode out the final 15 minutes with comfort to take the victory.Whether that will be enough to down mighty Brazil, of course, remains to be seen.The Selecao, whose biggest headaches this Copa have been caused by defences that sit deep and pack men behind the ball – Venezuela for one – may welcome a more open opponent like Argentina in the semi-final. Space behind the backline has been ample for each of the Albiceleste’s rivals in their four matches to date, and mistakes that have gone unnoticed against the likes of Paraguay, Qatar and the Vinotinto are likely to be punished mercilessly by the hosts.Tuesday’s semi-final thus promises to be the stiffest of challenges for a side that is only now finding its feet, and whose Copa was in danger of ending at the group stage before Lautaro and Aguero stepped up to send them through against Qatar.But they will have absolutely nothing to lose; and if their new striking hero continues to maraud the Albiceleste might just have a chance at causing a huge upset over the expectant hosts.last_img read more

Healthy Nation Key to Productivity Growth

first_imgHealth Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has underscored the importance of safeguarding the nation’s health to enhance productivity.Speaking at a contract signing ceremony for the development of the Santa Cruz Health Centre in St. Elizabeth, held on Tuesday (January 15) at the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings, Clarendon, Dr. Ferguson said the connection between a healthy nation and how it impacts the productive process, is, often, not apparent among many persons.“We are losing billions of dollars, annually, because of poor health. The (prevalence of) Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is costing the country, US$170 million, annually, for the treatment of strokes, diabetes, cancer, etcetera,” the Minister pointed out while lamenting that approximately 56 per cent of deaths in Jamaica are attributed to NCDs.“So, more and more (one) comes to realize that our work going forward, for health workers, for the communities, and the clients, our patients, who have to be subjected to our treatment,… is not easy for any of us,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Fenton Ferguson has assured that the Ministry is committed to developing the best cancer care services that can be provided at public health institutions. “We must get the state-of-the-art equipment for early diagnosis and treatment so that we will be able to offer the best quality care for cancer patients (at an affordable cost). This is a commitment that I am giving and it is a commitment that I am working towards,” the Minister asserted.Development of the Santa Cruz Health Centre into a Centre of Excellence is being undertaken in two segments. The initial phase, to be undertaken by engineering firms, Bajad Limited, and CP Specialists Limited at a cost of $25 million, will entail, among other things, the provision of furnishing and equipment as well as reconstruction of the roof. This segment is slated for completion by April. The second phase, which is also slated to commence shortly, is expected to focus on improving diagnostics services; the child and maternal section; and dental service provisions. It is expected to be completed within the 2013/14 fiscal year.Other facilities earmarked for development as Centres of Excellence are: the Isaac Barrant Health Centre, St. Thomas; Claremont Health Centre, St. Ann; and Darliston Health Centre, Westmoreland.The National Health Fund (NHF) is financing the initiative, which forms part of the administration’s primary health care renewal programme.last_img read more

Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Hold one-on-one Discussions

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness and the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, yesterday afternoon (January 2, 2019), held private discussions at Vale Royal.Both Leaders held full, frank and confidential discussions on security and crime management in Jamaica.They agreed that a meeting of teams from the Government and Opposition will take place next Monday, January 7, 2019.They also agreed that, at the Monday meeting a date will be determined for a meeting with other stakeholders.last_img read more

Spotted: Esnaad’s First of Ten PSVs Ready for Work

first_imgIn today’s spotted we bring you the first of ten Platform Supply Vessels,  delivered by Dutch Shipyard De Hoop to Esnaad, the operating company of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) group.The ship, named Esnaad 221, is soon to be followed by its sister vessels, as the hull of the second PSV has been launched in Foxhol, whilst the steel hull of the fourth PSV is currently being assembled at the yard’s slipway.At De Hoop’s Lobith facilities, the hull of the third vessel is ready to be launched, whereas the block sections of hull number five are being assembled on a second slipway. Furthermore, the steel cutting and construction of the first block sections for the sixth vessel are at an advanced stage, the shipyard said.Esnaad awarded De Hoop the contract to build the ten vessels in 2013, with the last PSV to be handed over in 2017.Esnaad series of vessels are custom designed to operate at a maximum efficiency and optimised costs, having main dimensions of 70.4 x 15.8metres (LxB).The superstructure offers accommodation to 28 people.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Shipyard De Hooplast_img read more

Decision Made on Outstanding Items Within Northern Pulps Appeal

first_imgEnvironment Minister Margaret Miller has made a decision on the outstanding items within Northern Pulp’s appeal of its industrial approval. The industrial approval issued almost a year ago was appealed by the Pictou County mill. The outstanding items were related to the mill’s water use. With this decision, Northern Pulp must: achieve a maximum daily average water consumption rate of 92,310 cubic metres by Jan. 30, 2020 not exceed 80,000 cubic metres per day by Jan. 30, 2018 and 70,000 cubic metres per day by Jan. 30, 2020. These numbers are calculated on annual average submit a list of proposed capital water reduction projects one year prior to proposed implementation of the projects. Following a review by the department, detailed engineering plans for a project may be required from the company retain the services of a qualified third-party professional engineer to determine the impacts of water reduction projects on the quality of the effluent entering and being discharged from the effluent treatment system conduct an assessment of total reduced sulphur levels in wastewater which compares to current emissions to performance objectives by June 15, and submit an annual report of wastewater total reduced sulphur loading results to the department by June 30 each year “Government has worked very hard these past two years to ensure a cleaner and safe, operating mill, and to ensure we support Nova Scotians in their desire for an environmentally healthy and prosperous Pictou County,” said Ms. Miller. “The limits outlined in this decision remain lower than the limits in the mill’s 2011 approval.” These requirements are in addition to the changes implemented as result of the July 9, 2015 decision. The decision letter is available on the department’s website at http://novascotia.ca/nse/issues/northern-pulp.asp .last_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Bravo’s #1 most watched series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, returned with a two-part Season 2 premiere event on Sunday night. The award-winning dystopian drama has unsurprisingly amassed solidarity with viewers across Canada, its return was up 3% over the Season 1 two-part premiere with total viewers, and up 15% with among A25-54.The series once again strapped viewers in and took them for a ride into a harrowing season premiere that delivered the series signature visceral punch and glimmer of hope.The 13-episode season continues next Sunday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusting to a new way of life and the arrival of an unexpected person who disrupts the Colonies. THE HANDMAID’S TALE — “June” – Episode 201 — Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead. (Photo by:George Kraychyk/Hulu) Advertisement Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Season 1 of THE HANDMAID’s TALE is currently streaming on CraveTV with Season 2 episodes streaming following their debut run on Bravo. Advertisementlast_img read more

UN telecommunications agency partners with global coalition to combat cyber threats

The effort by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) is in keeping with the call made at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society to build security and confidence in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The agreement signed by the heads of the two bodies today in Bangkok, on the sidelines of a major Asia-Pacific telecom conference, will operationalize the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) at IMPACT’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur.The GCA is a framework for global cooperation for governments, international law enforcement authorities, the private sector, international organizations and civil society to make cyberspace more secure in an increasingly networked information society. The joint effort by the ITU and IMPACT – an initiative which brings together governments, industry leaders and cybersecurity experts to enhance the global community’s capacity to prevent, defend and respond to cyberthreats – aims to provide real-time analysis, aggregation and dissemination of global cyber threat information.It also seeks to enhance early warning and emergency response to global cyber threats, as well as provide training and skills development on the technical, legal and policy aspects of cybersecurity. Although the GCA will be housed at the IMPACT Centre, ITU will have a “virtual showcase” at its headquarters in Geneva of the early warning system, crisis management and real-time analysis of global cyber threats. 4 September 2008The United Nations telecommunications agency has teamed up with a global coalition headquartered in Kuala Lumpur to address issues related to cybersecurity, including analyzing and sharing information on threats, early warning and emergency responses. read more

TSX falls with commodities but Wall Street recoups losses on solid jobs

TORONTO — Declining commodity prices pushed the Toronto stock market to a lower close, even as solid U.S. jobs data boosted stocks south of the border.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index lost 53.92 points to 13,440.44.The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar also fell, down 0.16 of a U.S. cent at 76.84 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 107.66 points at 17,792.75, while the broader S&P 500 added 13.04 points to 2,072.78 and the Nasdaq composite rose 44.69 points to 4,914.54.In commodities, the May contract for benchmark North American crude fell $1.55 to US$36.79 a barrel, while May natural gas was unchanged at US$1.96 per mmBtu.June gold fell $12.10 to US$1,223.50 a troy ounce, while May copper shed two cents to US$2.16 a pound. read more

Fonseka says Indian security concerns cannot be jeopardised

“We have realised that at (in) no way we can disturb the geopolitical interest. I don’t see any that there be any problem in future between these two countries,” he added. “India is any way a regional power and potential super power. So rest of the powerful countries in the world, when they want to move around in this area, must understand that India is very concerned about its security,” he added. Fonseka arrive in India on Tuesday for a two-day visit to brainstorm on global issues in the second Raisina Dialogue which is underway in New Delhi. (Colombo Gazette) Allying all fears regarding Indian security concerns in Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean, Sri Lankan military leader-turned-politician Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday sent a strong message that Indian security and geopolitics cannot be jeopardized, endorsing India as a regional power and potential super power, the ANI news service reported.“When it comes to the security issues, obviously India is the regional power in this Area. Indian security concerns and sentiments cannot be jeopardised. Sri Lanka has really understood that. So when Sri Lanka deals with other countries you have ensure that you don’t put India into embarrassing situation,” he told ANI. Fonseka criticised the way Hambantota project has been handled and dubbed that concerned projects have not been beneficial to the country because of the rampant corruption and called it as a national crisis.“Hambantota is a peculiar situation. Our country has become indebted to China very badly over those projects. Those projects have not been beneficial to the country because there have been lot of corruption. Fonseka, who played an instrumental role in bringing down the LTTE, promoted India’s role in the geo-politics around Indian Ocean and asserted that other powerful countries must realize that India is very concerned about its security. People dealing with China from our side were not doing a very sincere job. Lot of money have been played out. As it is it became a national crisis for us,” he said.Highlighting the diplomatic relations with other countries, Fonseka said, “Our intention is to remain friends with everybody. We are a small country we had historical relationship with most of the countries. Large countries must understand our situation. Things will be all right as it goes on.”Being optimistic on the future course of relationship between India and Sri Lanka, Fonseka added that political understanding is there between the two nations, national interests are being respected by both countries. read more

Man injured at Norfolk detachment

A Norfolk man was injured while he was taken into custody at the Norfolk detachment of the OPP in Simcoe this week.The local force is withholding comment on the incident now that the matter is in the hands of the province’s Special Investigations Unit.“At approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, a 68-year-old man attended the OPP Norfolk detachment in Simcoe for an appointment,” SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon said in an email.“When officers attempted to arrest the man, there was an interaction. The man was eventually subdued and later transported to hospital for treatment of injuries.”The SIU is called when people are injured or killed during an interaction with police in Ontario. The SIU also investigates complaints of sexual assault involving members of a police service in Ontario. read more